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Commentary and Criticism

These books are is no particular order. I modify the list at irregular intervals to highlight new and interesting books.

Shakespeare for Dummies

John Doyle and Ray Lischner, 1999
A fun introduction to Shakespeare and his works. Includes scorecards of each play to help you keep track of who's winning, who's married, and who's on first.

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

Harold Bloom, 1998
Controversial and thought-provoking analysis of Shakespeare and his works.

A Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare : A Topical Guide to over 3,000 Great Passages from the Plays, Sonnets, and Narrative Poems

Hugh Rawson and Margaret Minder, 1996
Thousands of quotes, cross-referenced and indexed for your convenience.

A Complete Concordance or Verbal Index to Words, Phrases and Passages in the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare: With a Supplement Concordance to the poem

John Bartlett, editor, 1969

The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare

Mary Foakes and Reginald Foakes, 1998
Includes annotations for many of the thousands of quotes.

Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

Michael MacRone and Tom Lulevitch, 1994
A lighter look at Shakespeare's most famous quotes.

Naughty Shakespeare

Michael MacRone and Tom Lulevitch, 1997
What do you think this book contains?

Coined by Shakespeare : Words and Meanings First Used by the Bard

Jeff McQuain, et al., 1998
Shakespeare contributed so many words and phrases to everyday English.

Shakespeare on Golf : Wit and Wisdom from the Great Elizabethan Golfer and Poet

John Tullius, et al., 1997
I wouldn't think of commenting on this. Those of you who need this book already know who you are.

Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit

Wayne F. Hill and Cynthia J. Ottchen, 1995
Thousands of examples that are sure to enliven your conversation.